Hymie’s is happy to sponsor the Aquanaut Variety Hour at the Bryant-Lake Bowl on Thursday March 29th. In a late show style setting, Chris, Grant and the rest of the crew will explore the corporate world through sketches and music. Expect humor on automation, synergy and large-scale acquisitions. They’ll have great guests and music to fill out the program! Details can be found on the Bryant-Lake Bowl’s website by following the link abovel
Marian Anderson, born in 1897 in Philadelphia, is often misrepresented as an opera singer. While she did often include arias in concert, she was largely a concert performer. In commemoration of her birthday this year, her hometown of Danbury, Connecticut has planned a celebration, according to a short Associated Press blurb in our paper this morning.
Anderson was the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, sang at two Presidential inaugurations, and christened a nuclear submarine.
In 1939 the Daughters of the American Revolution refused Anderson permission to perform to an integrated audience in their Constitution Hall (in Washington DC), bringing Anderson into an unexpected international spotlight. President Roosevelt and Walter White, the secretary of the NAACP, orchestrated a performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939. The performance attended by 75,000 people and heard by millions over the airwaves. Anderson began the program with “My Country tis of Thee.” Also performed was this recording of Schubert’s moving “Ave Maria,” one of the seven songs the twenty-eight year old Schubert based on Walter Scott’s epic poem, The Lady in the Lake in 1825.
Before their exciting rise to television stardom, our friends The Cactus Blossoms held down Monday nights at the Turf Club with a residency that became the place for local fans of country music to connect. With a ‘who’s who’ band of top talent, honed a live set that they have since taken around the world.
They’re returning to their Turf Club Mondays, but only for this month. Charlie Parr and Andrew Broder are also taking on January residencies at the midway “remnant of the 40s.” They have special guests planned which includes ourselves, who will be back to DJ rockabilly and country singles on the 15th.
While their first two discs — including 2013’s Live at the Turf Club — are out of print and unlikely to return, fans can expect to hear some songs from them, as well as their debut LP for Red House Records, You’re Dreaming.
Here’s that performance of “Mississippi” from the new Twin Peaks series which won the duo countless new fans and accolades.
This morning’s Star Tribune included a piece from the Tribune News Service about Carl Vinson, a Georgia Congressman who led the effort to fund an expansion of America’s Navy between 1934 and 1940. It was due to this foresight that the United States so quickly recovered from the devastation at Pearl Harbor and was able to fight a war on both oceans in the following years. A thousand-foot aircraft carrier with a compliment of more than six thousand service men and women bears his name today.
It’s a detailed but brief historical story we recommend to anyone who may be interested. There are of course many other remarkable stories to mark the seventy-sixth anniversary of the “day which will live in infamy,” including witness accounts by survivors and the recently discovered wreck of the USS Ward in the Philippines. The Ward is believed to be the first ship to fire at the Japanese, after it discovered a submarine about an hour before the notorious sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. It was later destroyed by a kamikaze attack in 1944.
And yep, we have a selection of Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases. There’s some great reissues and some great new material.
We thought the double LP 40th anniversary of Blank Generation looked pretty cool, and also the new collection of Sun Ra recordings titled Exotica. Neil Young’s Harvest Moon has been one of the more asked about Record Store Day releases this year, and there is also a reissue of Willie Nelson’s Spirit and a collection with some of Waylon’s last demo recordings.
Anyways, we also added a whole bunch of great used albums in every section of the shop. It’s a beautiful day outside, so we don’t imagine anyone wants to spend it all bustin’ doors but we do hope to see some familiar faces this weekend!